Sikorsky S-22

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Sikorsky S-22 Il'ya Muromets
Самолет "Илья Муромец".jpg
Role Transport
Manufacturer Sikorsky
Designer Igor I. Sikorsky
First flight 11 Dec 1913 [1]
Primary user Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russia
Number built 8
Variants S-23, S-24, S-25, S-26, S-27
Wingspan 30.9 m (101 ft 6 in) [2]
Engine 4× various
Armament 2MG
510 kg (1,120 lb) of bombs [2]
Max Speed 97 km/h (60 mph) [2]
Ceiling 2,000 m (6,500 ft) [2]
Endurance 4:00 [2]

After the Sikorsky S-21 Grand had proved the basic concept, Sikorsky moved to the design known as the Sikorsky S-22 Il'ya Muromets. The prototype S-22A first few in December 1913, and after several test flights it was converted to a floatplane for testing by the Imperial Navy. The second prototype, the Type B, featured more powerful engines an a somewhat smaller size and flew from St. Petersburg to Kiev and back. Seven "Type B" planes were built with various combinations of engines.

Since they were completed before the war, the S-22's were intended as transports and it was only in the S-23 that it would be adapted as a bomber. Several various refinements of the basic type resulted in the S-23 to S-27 line of Il'ya Muromets bombers. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Sikorsky Ilya Muromets.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Durkota, p.311.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lamberton, pp.228-229.
Bibliography
  • Alan Durkota, Thomas Darcey, and Victor Kulikov. The Imperial Russian Air Service. Flying Machines Press, 1995. ISBN 0-9637110-2-4
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.